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 Wrestler Pat Smoot Had Rough Road in 1973


Knightstown’s varsity basketball team drew New Castle in the first game of the IHSAA Sectional next Wednesday night. Team members include Ron Hammer, Brian Jones, Mike Wade, Larry Edwards, Brian Peggs, Greg Hochstedler, Jeff Brummett, Rob Hall, Jeff Lewis, Baron Magee, Chris Waits and Tim Estridge. Duane Queener is the coach and Bill Bergmann is his assistant.

The Panthers won their final two games of the season by defeating Cowan 79-60 and Hagerstown 72-51. Magee led the way against Cowan with 31 points, while Lewis scored 22 markers, including two thunderous dunks that caused Panther fans to nearly raise the roof. Edwards added 11, Hall scored nine, Jones had six, Wade four and Hammer two.


Tri High’s varsity boys basketball team edged Knightstown 54-53 to win the Big Blue River Conference title outright. The Titans had defeated the Panthers in the holiday tournament earlier this season 53-52. John Wright led the Panthers with 12 points, while Andy Johnson had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Art Rose scored 11 points, Bill Wasson and Kirk Hochstedler both had eight.

The Panthers lost to Winchester 69-61, despite 28 points from Rose. Hochstedler had 15, Johnson eight, Bill Miller and Wasson had four apiece and Wright scored two.


Knightstown High School wrestler Pat Smoot has been through the ringer this past season, and emerged all the better for it. He was stricken with hepatitis last fall and the doctors doubted he would be able to wrestle. But, three weeks later, he was given the OK to wrestle, only to be hit with an emergency appendectomy that laid him up for several days.

As if that wasn’t enough, Smoot split his head open while chopping wood a couple of days before the first wrestling match, and the wound required five stitches. Nonetheless, he bounced back and won 10 straight matches and was favored to win the sectional in his weight class. Then he came down with the flu, missed a week of school and was severely weakened by the ailment. He still finished fourth in the sectional despite wrestling at about half his normal strength.

Both the “A” and “B” Carthage junior high basketball teams won the Rush County tournaments last week, completing a sweep of the field for the second straight year. Members of the “A” team are Eric Schmidt, Doug Roland, Greg Whitfield, Jack Grizzell, Robin Milton, Bruce Cole, Mark Heim, Bryan Magee, Davis Grizzell and Darrell Fair. Bud King is the head coach and Mike Wyatt serves as his assistant. Cheerleaders are Brenda Kline, Julie Howard and Tammy Fox.

“B” team members include Dale McColley, Geoffrey Fitch, Brad Gray, Dale Munden, Allen Leisure, Rick Lynch, Steve Zeilinga, Chuck Floyd, Craig Alexander, Anthony Cole, Chirs Sparks, Chris Ebbert and Denny Fitch. The “B” team is also coached by King and Wyatt. Cheerleaders include Barbara Hickey, Debbie Hamilton and Tarri Lightle.

New Castle is the overwhelming favorite to win the boys basketball sectional this week. The Trojans have 6-11 Kent Benson, 6-9 Terry Ross and 6-5 Dennis Kinzer on the front line. Benson averages 30 points and 28 rebounds per game, and the Trojans are ranked number one in the state.

Knightstown’s junior varsity boys basketball team ended its season by winning the last 13 games, finishing with a 16-5 record. Freshmen Brent Magee and Galen Thomas scored 13 and eight points, respectively, in the season-ending 44-27 win over Hagerstown.

Coach Denny McMahan led the KHS wrestlers to a final record of 11-3. Terry Wright finished with the best individual record, at 15-3. Sophomore Harold Mohler was 19-4, Pat Smoot finished 15-4, Dave Kilmer 16-4, Joe Turpin 13-5-1, and Doug Johnson was 16-7.


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